Parkway West lane closures end; Carnegie ramps reopen
The approaching winter brought one benefit to drivers on the Parkway West this weekend: PennDOT has wrapped up all its long-term lane closures and reopened the Carnegie interchange as the reconstruction project takes its seasonal hiatus.
PennDOT District 11 spokesman Steve Cowan said Sunday that contractors have removed construction barriers and restored all lanes between the Green Tree and Interstate 79 interchanges to their full, 12-foot width, and reopened the on- and off-ramps for Carnegie.
Crews had closed both outbound lanes and one inbound lane of the Parkway from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, then both inbound lanes and one outbound lane from 10 p.m. Saturday to 12:30 p.m. Sunday so they could finish paving and removing the barriers.
Traffic was detoured through Carnegie during the closures, requiring PennDOT to pay overtime for up to eight officers to help direct traffic, said Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek.
“This gives us a little bit of a reprieve, and just in time for the holiday shopping season for many of our small businesses,” Kobistek said. “We want to have a public meeting to get input from our businesses and from drivers, just to see if there’s anything we can do better during the hiatus.”
There still will be single-lane closures overnight Monday for crack-sealing operations, Cowan said.
Construction, including closures of the Parkway, is expected to resume in March.
The work is part of a $72.83 million improvement project on the Parkway West. The overall project includes resurfacing I-376 between I-79 and the Fort Pitt Tunnel. Bridge rehabilitation work, drainage improvements, guiderail upgrades, signing and pavement marking, and concrete median barrier replacement will be conducted.
Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625.